Category Archives: Travel writing

Article for PAXnewsWest.com: A Taste of Tucson

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Tucson offers the largest concentration of Mexican eateries in the United States crammed into an area dubbed “the country’s best 23 miles (37 km) of Mexican food.” Putting on our stretchiest pants, PAXnewsWest.com dove into the Tucson food scene with Visit Tucson to sample as much as we could in 24 hours. A tour is the best way for visitors to maximize the time (and calories) invested; we rode with Gray Line Tours Arizona on their Best of the Barrio tour, offering five stops in Southern Tucson…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Digging into agritourism in Mesa, AZ

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Canadian travellers may think of sunny skies and top-notch golfing as the primary reasons to visit Arizona, but the state has a distinct food culture, too. That makes it a prime destination for those seeking agritourism experiences and foodie travel – as PAXnewsWest.com learned first hand on a recent trip with Visit Mesa and Visit Tucson…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Travel Alberta showcases tourism draws

Representatives from Travel Alberta and some of the province’s key tourism destinations met with travel media in Vancouver yesterday to highlight their latest tourism offerings.

Banff and Lake Louise
“We’re a protected playground,” Kymberley Hill, senior manager, media – North America for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, told PAXnewsWest.com. “Banff doesn’t change a lot, but that’s why we love it…”

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: LVCVA brings the best of Vegas to Vancouver

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) brought a taste of the gambling capital of the world to Vancouver nightclub Twelve West last night. More than 100 agents gathered for a spirited evening of cocktails and contests for a huge collection of prizes from the long list of partners at the event. Prizes ranged from rubber chickens and whoopee cushions (the “zonks” in the “Let’s Make a Deal” game) to airfare from WestJet and Air Canada and stays at some of the top hotels on the Vegas Strip…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Visit Mesa showcases foodie tourism, active travel

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Visit Mesa spoke to travel media and members of the travel trade yesterday to showcase a new tourism initiative from Arizona’s third-largest city and the surrounding towns of Queen Creek and Gilbert. The Routes to Roots Fresh Foodie Trail guides visitors through the Eastern Valley Region’s orchards, farms and farmers’ markets…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: NCL Fall Event Series sails into Vancouver

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) welcomed 70 agents to its 2015 Fall Event Series stop in Vancouver last night for a training session that highlighted the brand’s unique offerings and showcased the line’s newest ships.

Dana Gain, NCL’s national director, sales – Canada, started the evening off by announcing that Norwegian now has the largest sales force of any cruise line in Canada…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Destination Hotels rebrand creates stronger identity

Destination Hotels, the largest operator of independent hotels in the United States, has unveiled a rebrand that includes a new name (formerly Destination Hotels and Resorts), programs, partnerships and a more unified visual identity. PAXnewsWest.com sat down with Carrie Drost, Destination’s director of public relations, to find out what the rebranding effort means for travel professionals and their clients…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Exploring the sights and flavours of Fairmont Pacific Rim

The five-year-old Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver has thriving arts and food and beverage programs. The hotel’s growing collection of artworks is the focus of a newly released self-guided art podcast tour. In the kitchens, newly appointed executive chef Nathan Brown is showcasing local Vancouver ingredients with a focus on sustainable ingredients and cooking from scratch. PAXnewsWest.com sat down at the hotel’s ORU restaurant with Kaylyn Storey, public relations manager, to learn more about the latest developments in the hotel’s efforts to highlight the visual and culinary arts…

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